March 2018

Martock paedophile branded ‘appalling example of humanity’ by furious judge

A Somerset man who downloaded thousands of images and movies of child sexual abuse claimed he was trying to develop “empathy” with people suffering pain.

But a judge suggested he could “hammer nails through his hands” or “look at the suffering of children in Syria” instead.

David Trevor Taylor was told by Judge David Ticehurst he was a ‘perverted paedophile’ and placed him on the sex offenders register.

When police examined Taylor’s computer they discovered the illegal material he had been looking at over an eight month period.

And when they investigated his tablet they discovered that he had been looking at the illicit material shortly before the officers arrived at his address.

Taylor, 51, of The Acres, Martock, pleaded guilty that between October 6, 2016 and June 22, 2017 at Martock he made 570 indecent images and 105 movies of children in the most serious Category A.

He also admitted two more similar offences involving 307 indecent images and 22 indecent movies in Category B and 5,210 indecent images and 21 indecent movies in Category C.

He also pleaded guilty that between the same two dates at Martock he was in possession of 42 prohibited images of children.

Prosecuting, Nikki Coombe told the court the police had been made aware that an IP address connected to the defendant’s computer had been flagged as downloading the images via file sharing software.

“The images and movies showed children who were four years old and some even younger,” she said.

“Some showed children around five or six years old visibly distressed by what was happening to them.

“When he was arrested by police, he admitted the offences, but denied he had been getting sexual gratification from them.

“He said he used them to develop a sort of ‘twisted empathy’, that he wanted to see people in pain and put himself in their position.”

The clearly furious judge told Taylor: “So you didn’t look at those images for your own gratification? Then why are you dealing with the Lucy Faithful Foundation? They work with sexual deviants.”

In the dock, the defendant wisely remained silent.

“I’ll tell you why,” the judge continued. “You are a perverted paedophile who has derived sexual pleasure from the abuse of young girls. Your excuses are utter nonsense.

“I think you are hiding behind this excuse because you are hiding from the reality of the situation.

“You are someone who derives pleasure and gratification from these images. You are an appalling example of humanity.”

He sentenced Taylor to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered him to carry out 30 days of rehabilitation activities. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, and to sign the sex offenders register for five years.

The judge also thanked the police officer who had carried out the investigation into the case, telling her: “I know how soul destroying looking at those kinds of images are.”

February 2018

Martock man downloaded thousands of indecent images and movies of children

A Martock man who downloaded thousands of indecent images and movies of children has been sent to Taunton Crown Court to be sentenced.

When police examined David Trevor Taylor’s computer they discovered the illegal material which the defendant had been looking at over an eight month period.

And when they investigated his tablet they discovered that he had been looking at the illicit material shortly before the officers arrived at his address.

Taylor, 50, of The Acres, pleaded guilty that between October 6, 2016 and June 22, 2017 at Martock he made 570 indecent images and 105 movies of children in the most serious Category A.

He also admitted two more similar offences involving 307 indecent images and 22 indecent movies in Category B and 5,210 indecent images and 21 indecent movies in Category C.

He also pleaded guilty that between the same two dates at Martock he was in possession of 42 prohibited images of children.

Christine Hart, prosecuting, said that the case involved a large number of Category A images and movies and many of them were readily accessible to the user of the computer equipment. A smaller number of the images were in areas of the computer which were not easily accessible.

“When the police attended the address the defendant had his Fire tablet on at the time showing one of the indecent images, suggesting he had only recently been looking at it just before they arrived,” she said.

The magistrates said that they did not feel their powers of sentence were sufficient to deal with the case and ordered that Taylor must be sent to Taunton Crown Court to be sentenced.

They adjourned the case until March 23 when he must appear before a judge at Taunton and in the meantime ordered the Probation Service to prepare a pre sentence report.

Until his next court appearance he was released on unconditional bail but was also ordered to sign onto the national Sex Offenders Register at a police station within three days of the hearing.